The Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 17 October.  Invitations have been extended to the Partnership's members, Directors and other partners and stakeholders to attend the event.

In advance of the meeting, you can view:




Important Travel Information
Scheduled engineering work, which we understand relates to track maintenance, will result in rail replacement buses replacing trains Haydon Bridge to/from MetroCentre until 12 noon.
Trains will operate MetroCentre to/from Newcastle and Carlisle to/from Haydon Bridge
Updates will be available on Northern's website.

Alongside train companies, we encourage people to think about the journeys they make and their impact on the environment.  Leaflet

Do you know that Northern customers can now compare cost, travel time and CO2 emissions of their rail journey compared to the equivalent journey by road? Northern's calculator is available here. 

For longer distance comparisons, you can also look at comparable emissions for travel by plane.  Check out the calculator on LNER's website.CO2_Ncl_-_Kgx.jpg

You will be aware we sought the views of passengers and our communities in relation to proposals to close ticket offices - at Hexham and at Carlisle.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and to those who also responded directly to Transport Focus with their views.

Read our responses here:

Hexham      Carlisle    


The consultation ends on 26 July, so please respond to the consultation if you have not already done so.

What happens next:

Transport Focus

  • will review comments received before responding to train operators,
  • will scrutinise the train company proposals and any mitigations in detail
  • will  consider factors such as whether the station will continue to be staffed, accessibility, the alternative options for buying tickets and whether passengers will continue to be able to access station facilities like lifts, waiting rooms and toilets.
  • can formally object to the proposals. An objection can only be based on specific, limited grounds. If Transport Focus does object, this doesn’t mean the proposals cannot go ahead. The train company can refer its proposal to the Secretary of State for a final decision. 
  • will publish our response each train company’s proposal on our website with an overview of the number of responses we have received, and the main issues raised in the consultation.



IAccreditation logo 23 24n  April, we were subject to the re-accreditation  process with Community Rail Network. on behalf of the Department for Trasnport,  assessing our work during the last year, our Action Plan for 2023-24, and our financial and governance records. 

Accreditation is formal recognition by the DfT that the Community Rail Partnership (CRP) operates to a high standard and that its objectives and DfT Community Rail Strategyactivities are supported by the Government and that they meet the objectives of the Community Rail Strategy.

We are happy to report that re-accreditation has been achieved and thank our rail industry colleagues, our officer Fiona, and our volunteers for their support of our projects and work iduring 2022-23 and during the forthcoming year.

During the meeting we gave the representatives from Community Rail Network a tour of Haltwhistle Water Tower as we outlined the Partnership's plans to use the building in support of the local community and rail passengers.

Projects Director, Julie, outlines potential use of the Water Tower to Community Rail Network representatives